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"From the Ted Talk by Grégoire Courtine: The paralyzed rat that walked"

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These words, they stuck with me. This was more than 10 years ago, but ever since, my laboratory has followed the pragmatic aapoprch to rcrvoeey after spinal cord iurnjy. And my first step in this direction was to deelvop a new mdoel of spinal cord injury that would more closely mimic some of the key features of human injury while offering well-controlled experimental conditions. And for this purpose, we placed two hemisections on opposite sides of the body. They completely interrupt the cimcnatmoouin between the brain and the spinal cord, thus leading to complete and permanent paralysis of the leg. But, as observed, after most inueirjs in humans, there is this intervening gap of intact neural tiusse through which recovery can occur. But how to make it happen?

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These words, they stuck with me. This was more than 10 years ago, but ever since, my laboratory has followed the pragmatic ________ to ________ after spinal cord ______. And my first step in this direction was to _______ a new _____ of spinal cord injury that would more closely mimic some of the key features of human injury while offering well-controlled experimental conditions. And for this purpose, we placed two hemisections on opposite sides of the body. They completely interrupt the _____________ between the brain and the spinal cord, thus leading to complete and permanent paralysis of the leg. But, as observed, after most ________ in humans, there is this intervening gap of intact neural ______ through which recovery can occur. But how to make it happen?

Solution

  1. develop
  2. recovery
  3. communication
  4. tissue
  5. model
  6. injury
  7. approach
  8. injuries

Original Text

These words, they stuck with me. This was more than 10 years ago, but ever since, my laboratory has followed the pragmatic approach to recovery after spinal cord injury. And my first step in this direction was to develop a new model of spinal cord injury that would more closely mimic some of the key features of human injury while offering well-controlled experimental conditions. And for this purpose, we placed two hemisections on opposite sides of the body. They completely interrupt the communication between the brain and the spinal cord, thus leading to complete and permanent paralysis of the leg. But, as observed, after most injuries in humans, there is this intervening gap of intact neural tissue through which recovery can occur. But how to make it happen?

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spinal cord 21
cord injury 5
nervous system 3
leg movement 3
injured people 3
electrochemical neuroprosthesis 3

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collocation frequency
spinal cord injury 5

Important Words

  1. approach
  2. body
  3. brain
  4. closely
  5. communication
  6. complete
  7. completely
  8. conditions
  9. cord
  10. develop
  11. direction
  12. experimental
  13. features
  14. gap
  15. happen
  16. hemisections
  17. human
  18. humans
  19. injuries
  20. injury
  21. intact
  22. interrupt
  23. intervening
  24. key
  25. laboratory
  26. leading
  27. leg
  28. mimic
  29. model
  30. neural
  31. observed
  32. occur
  33. offering
  34. paralysis
  35. permanent
  36. pragmatic
  37. purpose
  38. recovery
  39. sides
  40. spinal
  41. step
  42. stuck
  43. tissue
  44. words
  45. years